Hidden Maryland gem: Endeavor Point campground

If you check reviews on Endeavor point on any platform, you’ll see bold five stars. Google maps, Airbnb, Facebook, The Dyrt, you name it. 100% ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ reviews. Spoiler alert: it’s well deserved.

As soon as I started looking for campsites in the area, it got on top of my list. Because I mean, look at this:

A river pier at sunrise.
Sunrise at the pier at Endeavor point

Endeavor point is a small private campground in Benedict, Maryland – less than 1.5 hr drive from DC. It is family-owned and operates all year long. They have a couple cottages to rent and 10 or so tent sites.

Here’s what I loved about our (sadly) short 1 night stay:

1. Calvert’s cliffs are less than 30 mins drive away.

Calvert’s Cliff State Park has lots of hiking and a beach with prehistoric fossils. A hike from the parking lot to the beach is 2 miles (and 2 miles back), with a beautiful walk around the water.

You get rewarded by a long sand beach where you can look for fossils. I of course jumped into the water. There are no changing rooms and no place to change, so I had to hike back 2 miles in wet clothes. Lucky I was wearing quickdry!

We checked out from the campsite on Sunday, drove to the park, hiked and then drove all the way home, but it retrospect it would have been nicer to end the hiking day in the brewery and then go back to the campground.

Here is a review (not mine) of hiking in Calvert’s Cliffs park in winter. Given that Endeavor’s point are open in winter… I’m tempted.

2. The owners are super helpful (and very nice)

It is family owned and the owners go out of their way to help you.

They also have just about anything for purchase/rent. We brought a new tent, and it came without the poles. (Yeah yeah we should have checked before leaving, but we were inexperienced). That would have ruined a camping trip literally anywhere, but we could just rent one. Plus, we got s’mores kits and of course wood. You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, hammocks, beach chairs, beach umbrellas, etc etc etc. They of course sell charcoal/wood.

A camping fire ring with a lit campfire, two camping chairs in the background
They have beach chairs to rent

3. We could swim.

Endeavor point is located at the Patuxent river, and they have a small private beach. Bring water shoes.

They have a big pier from which you can fish, but we were not interested in that.

A fishing pier at a river
The pier

As I mentioned, they have kayaks and paddle boards to rent. Sadly we did not have time for that, but next time for sure.

4. They had a shower.

It’s a luxury but for such a small campground it was a pleasant surprise.

5. The village has a brewery and a local restaurant

Ray’s Pier is 15 mins walk (not drive) from the campground. You can eat crabs there (a Maryland speciality), which they sell by dozen or half dozen. My bf is vegetarian and I typically struggle to eat a dozen of crabs by myself, so I got a crab soup – the best ever!

It is also located just by the river. We had a table outside, and it was very nice.

A dining table outdoors by a river marina
A riverside table of the Ray Pier restaurant

The owners also highly recommended a brewery less that 10 mins drive away. I think it’s Mully’s brewery, but I’m not sure, we didn’t go.

7. The campsite had trees for my hammock.

A woman hanging in a camping hammock

Enough said. My hammock and I belong together.

8. We could book last minute.

On Tuesday, we decided we wanted to go camping the very next weekend. On Thursday, we had our campsites confirmed.

It’s best to email them (you can find the email on the website), but we also called to ask some questions.

I don’t know why they aren’t booked out really… the best kept secret of Maryland camping.

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Overall, Endeavor point was just about perfect for me. Here are a few things to keep in mind though:

  • Bring water shoes.
  • We saw lots of jellyfish in the water in the morning.
  • The fire pits don’t have grills on them (i wouldn’t be surprised if they have one for rent though)
A lit campfire

📍 7890 Mill Creek Rd, Benedict, MD 20612

🌎 www. endeavorpoint.net

📞 (443) 684-7666

💵 $55 /campsite/night (summer 2022)

One response to “Hidden Maryland gem: Endeavor Point campground”

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